Negotiations Over Time in a Multi-Agent Environment: Preliminary Report

S. Kraus, Jonathan Wilkenfeld

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One of the major foci of research in distributed artificial intelligence (DAI) is the design of automated agents which can interact effectively in order to cooperate in problem-solving. Negotiation is recognized as an important means by which inter-agent cooperation is achieved. In this paper we suggest a strategic model of negotiation for N agents (N > 3), that takes the passage of time during the negotiation process itself into consideration. Changes in the agent's preferences over time wil l change their strategies in the negotiation and, as a result, the agreements they are willing to reach. We will show that in this model the delay in reaching such agreements can be shortened and in some cases avoided altogether.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationIJCAI
StatePublished - 1991

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Place of conference:Australia


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